Valentine’s Day is like Marmite – you either love it or hate it. For those that love it, continue reading… For those that hate it, it’s just one day. Deal with it.
If you’re single, make it all about Pal-entine’s Day. Spend the evening with friends, cook a delicious meal together, pop a bottle (or two) of fizz and watch a romantic comedy under a cosy blanket.
If there’s a few of you, skip the film and giggle the night away with my favourite game of the moment, Speak Out. Each time I’ve played, I’ve been in stitches laughing. The first time, I was genuinely concerned I would go in to early labour. Watch this hilarious clip of Reese Witherspoon (who I have a ridiculous crush on since Big Little Lies) on the Ellen Show playing Speak Out. Fast forward to 1 minute where the fun begins…
For the more traditional Valentine’s Day, this year there’s some lovely things you can buy to make the day extra special. From novelty to personalised gifts, there’s so many ways to show you care.
Ralph and I don’t tend to buy Valentine’s gifts for each other. If you read my post about how challenging it is to buy him birthday gifts, you’ll understand why…
We prefer to stick to the classic ideas – they are always guaranteed to get a smile.
Here are some of the things I’m loving for Valentine’s Day…
Flowers are such an obvious thing to buy on Valentine’s Day – but what’s not to love?! As soon as January is out the way, florists are filled with gorgeous bouquets of red, pink and white roses. Men are always expected to buy the flowers but in our house we enjoy fresh roses for a few weeks before Valentine’s Day.
Handy tips for keeping roses fresh – fill the vase with lukewarm water; cut the stems at a 45 degree angle; change the water daily; remove wilting buds or leaves (rotting petals in the water will reduce your bouquet life) and lastly, store them in the fridge if you’re going away (seriously).
Valentine’s Day Cards
I’m absolutely loving this Friends-inspired lobster card. Sadly it would be wasted on my husband – he didn’t start watching Friends until his mid-twenties…shocking I know. I was also seriously tempted by this cute Will You Be My Penguin card. Anyone who knows me will know I LOVE penguins. But in the end I went for comedy value. I can’t reveal my choice just yet but it’s definitely a cheesy one…you’ll see what I mean on Thursday’s post.
We’re very short on wall space in our house – we are obsessed with knocking walls down, not putting them up! That’s probably why I LOVE LOVE LOVE looking at wall art.
Oliver Bonas has some great artwork to choose from – there’s this sketched drawing of a playful take on the Perfect Match. As a born and bred Londoner, I’m well and truly in love with the city. So this watercolour print of London’s iconic skyline is right up my street.
I’m also loving this gold foil typography ‘All You Need Is Love’ from Not On The High Street. Simple but classic.
No Valentine’s Day is complete without bubbles. I’m obviously on a strictly no-alcohol diet for at least another month but all hope is not lost. Schloer Pink Bubbly is the perfect solution. Alcohol-free and fizzy. I can’t wait to pop that cork and have a glass of fizz in my hand…it’s been so long…
For a chocolate-lover like me, Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to buy something a bit special. I love a slab of chocolate and this year I’ve bought Hotel Chocolat’s So Good Together – caramel with milk chocolate and a strawberry-white heart.
Light some candles and I’m immediately happy. This personalised couples scent would make a great gift for any candle-lover (hint hint Ralph). There’s also this love scented candle from Lily-Flame. I’m not sure how to best describe the scent of love so you’ll have to try that yourself.
For anyone lacking inspiration, head straight to Pinterest for a total love-fest – it’s never failed me.
Now I’d just better hope my husband reads this…
Happy Valentine’s Day one and all!